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Introducing Vermithrax Perjorative.
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Disney's PG-rated (hah!) Dragonslayer was one of the scariest Sword And Sorcery films of the time. This was during Disney's low period, so this film, like TRON two years later, took some very un-Disney-like chances.

  • Ulrich's stabbing was a quiet, horrific moment, when you thought he was going to survive by the smug smirk on his face.
  • The opening scene with the first Virgin Sacrifice. The girl almost gets away, bloodying her manacles. Then a giant claw appears, and you have Virgin Flambée.
  • Vermithrax's rather unamused response to Brother Jacobus attempting to exorcise it. This includes a nightmarish Freeze-Frame Bonus that shows Brother Jacobus engulfed in flames.
  • The first time you see Vermithrax in the flesh, rising from the Lake of Fire.
  • Anytime Vermithrax is about to breathe fire - it gives fair warning, but that inhaling noise... (shudder)
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  • The baby dragons chowing down on Princess Elspeth's corpse gave many young kids nightmares - thanks, PG rating! - especially the shot of her foot being gnawed off and picked up in one of their mouths, with a bony stump where her foot used to be - and it wasn't even the worst wound on her corpse from the hungry dragonets. Yep, out and out Gorn in a Disney movie.
  • Vermithrax herself.
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